Build Platforms for Sino-Serbian Friendship to Sing Chinese Culture Opera
——Third Serbian “Chinese Culture Festival” Held in Belgrade

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Novi Sad in Serbian [Time]    2017-07-06 08:47:24 

On June 20th, local time, the opening ceremony of the 3rd Serbian “Chinese Culture Festival” was held in the cultural center of Peter Royal Palace in Belgrade. Vladimir Marinkovic, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Raja Kosic, Mayor of Nis, Srdjan Kolaric, District Head of Čukarica in Belgrade, Xu Hong, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Serbia, government representatives of the Belgrade district and local residents attended the ceremony.

The “Chinese Culture Festival” was jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute at University of Novi Sad, the Sino-Serbian Cultural Exchange Association, the District of Savski Venac, the Serbian branch of Cavaliers Charity Federation and other organizations.

At the event, the Confucius Institute at University of Novi Sad hosted two distinctive cultural activities. Chen Hui, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute delivered a seminar centering on “Plant-naming in Chinese and Chinese Culture”, introducing the lexical motivation and cultural connotation of Chinese plant names. He compared the meanings of the Chinese, English and Latin names in respectively of the plants that belong to one “species”. The audience showed great interest toward the seminar and raised questions actively, hoping to learn more about the cultural connotations of plants’ names.

A tea art ceremony

Teachers and students at the Confucius Institute presented many wonderful performances such as allegro, tea art ceremony, and water sleeve dance. Chinese-Serbian bilingual humorous allegro “Silly son-in-law pays a New Year’s visit” received endless laughter. The exquisite and elegant tea art ceremony demonstrated by two performers symbolized the Danube and West Lake, enthralling the audience. The elegant and agile water sleeve dance also wowed the audience, presenting the beautiful Chinese style.

A water sleeve dance

When being interviewed by Serbia National Television, Chen Hui said that the Confucius Institute is willing to promote this kind of activity, establish a platform for communication and display, and introduce Chinese culture to Serbian people, in order to enhance the mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between the two countries. He also wished the cultural exchanges between China and Serbian a better future.

The venue of the event

The one-week Chinese Culture Festival showcased the colorful and fascinating Chinese culture through multiple activities such as lectures, films, exhibitions, dances and music. All were done to cater the local residents with a delicious and long lasting cultural feast.

Story by Chen Hui and Chen Hui